Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Back Home Again!

I can't believe it's over!!!! I dreaded this procedure for a week, believe me! Not so much that I was afraid with that awful fear you can get, but rather, more like a dread because I've never had an operation or procedure, never been put under, etc., etc. and really didn't know how to act or what to expect. I must say, this outpatient surgery center treated me like a queen from the moment I arrived at 6:30 am to the moment I left at noon. I couldn't have asked for a more wonderful team of people. It seemed that their main goal was that I remained calm, was comfortable, and that I understood what was going on each step of the way.

I did feel sorry for the guy across from me. He had a major panic attack and a melt down. Those nurses all came running, gave him oxygen, etc., and then the one southern old nurse said to him, "That's all right, hhhhawnnnnyyy (as only a true southerner can stretch that out!), that's why men don't have babies!!!! There'd be no babies if it was left up to them!!!!!" I guess that was supposed to comfort him. It just made me laugh, but I sure did hope I didn't "melt down" and prove her wrong!

I woke up feeling like someone had punched me in one breast and had inserted a cement building block in the other, but other than that, was fine. A little, tiny nurse (as opposed to my LARGE, 6 foot, 3x sized self) put my socks and shoes on, dressed me, etc. I felt so pampered until. . . . . I told her just to forget about the bra. I never wanted to wear one of those cursed, blasted, uncomfortable torture chamber devises again. But again she said, "OH NO, hhhhawnnnyyyy (here it came again!!!!) ya just gotta wear that thang for at least 48 hours more so they don't jiggle and toss around and get them thar stitches loosed up!" What can I say??????? So I'm still chained up in it for 24 more hours!

Other than feeling a little dizzy and woozy today, I'm doing fine. I thought of all of my "network" as they put me under. Somehow, you were all there in the room with me, and I knew you were all praying and everything would be alright. I just can't thank you all enough for your prayers, concern, and love -- and for holding me up like this. It has been amazing to me, and I feel so humbled and grateful for you all!!!!

I sure do hope I wasn't singing in the operating room, but the last thing I remember thinking clearly was that old Hymn (can you tell I LOVE my old hymbook?)

Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.

Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.

Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ, the Lord, I stand.

I won't have any information about the biopsy results for 2 to 4 days, so here starts another wait. After that comes in, then I will have some scans done to determine the amount of spread and then the course of treatment. At least today, I feel like something has been done to get this thing rolling!!!!

Oh, I almost forgot!!!!! Before I went under, I asked the surgeon if he had looked at the xrays of my left lung (he was the one who couldn't hear any air in my lung). He said yes, he did, and it was clear, "nothing to worry about there!" he said!
So that is a great answer to prayer for me! Scratch that one off you list with a big "thank you" to the Lord!

He is soooooo good, Isn't He???????


Deborah said...

Cora, I'm so glad this step is over, and I'll be praying for quick results.
I love the pictures you posted...good to see you have a sense of humour in all of this!
I love that hymn too.
If you have time, come by and listen to my new song...I think you'll like it

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Big smoochy HOLY KISSES all over your pretty head Miss Cora! I am so happy happy happy that it all went well! I have been praying and praying for you! Now I give God the glorrrrrry! PTL.
Now you take it easy ya hear? And don't go burning ALL your bras...
HEEHAHOAOAOOAO IF YOU DO, Probably a bunch of us will !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Now that is a scary thought!

Lea of Farmhouse*Blessings said...

I'm so glad that you're home and this step is in the past. Praise the Lord for the clear lung report! Such a blessing.

You photos made me smile, Cora. Hey, only 24 hours now until you actually can burn that thing!

I was just telling someone today about your and your songs. How you always seem to come up with the right hymn to encourage and reflect. It made me smile to see that you posted one today.

Love you my friend,

Julie said...

You are inspiring. I hope that you are feeling less sore soon. I am so impressed that you turn to music when you need comfort and peace--I will remember this for my own times of trial. Thanks for sharing with us--you are amazing!! Julie

Wanita said...

Cora, so glad this step is over and done with - except for the bra burning ceremony (smile). I'm also praising the Lord that your lungs are clear!

I love that old hymn you posted. It has such a wonderful message.

I'll continue to keep you in prayer as you wait for biopsy results and for wisdom for your doctors as they recommend a course of treatment.

Renna said...

Cora, it's so good to hear from you. I've been checking my Google Reader several times a day to see if you were back yet.

I can just "hear" the southern nurse's voice. ;-Þ

Continuing to lift you up before our Father....

lynda said...

I am glad to read that this step is over.. I will
be praying for a speedy re-
covery for you..
We have an Awesome God..
God is with us thru the valley as well as the care..
Lynda.. {Lea Aunt}

papel1 said...

Glad to hear the first step is over. And thanks for keeping us all posted. I thought I was tall at 6 feet, although I think I have shrunk an inch over the years.

Toni said...

Praise God this step is over for you!!No cancer in your lungs!!!Thanks be to God!!I will continue to keep you in my prayers for healing from the biopsy and for wisdome for the doctors as they figure out the best way to treat you
The picture of the burning bra is too funny!!I loce your sense of humor:)

Ruthie said...

I'm SO glad the procedure went well. That poor man - that made me laugh for sure.
Well, we will keep on praying and trust the Lord for His answers as time goes on.
Hugs....only not too tight where you are sore. :)

Thia said...

Great news about the lung!! Praise God for being with you and comforting you through this.

NanaKaren said...

Hi there, Cora ~ Your friend Lea just happened to visit my blog today and guess what? she told me that she would give you the link to the website where I "work". I'm an Asst. Mgr. at Friends in Touch Care Team which is an online site for breast cancer support. I'm a 7 year survivor myself and want you know that you're welcome to visit Friends in Touch or contact me through my blog.

Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.... Karen

Debra said...

Dear Cora,Thank God your lung is fine. Waiting is the most awful time. When I had to wait for my CT scan results on my brain in 1990, I remember being so antsy that I actally called the hosp. from the Wal-Mart we were at to see if they'd tell me anything! Nope! Had to wait till Monday. I don't know how I ever did it, but He did it for me, because there's nothing in me that is very patient in a trial. I'm praying for you a lot. He will go before you...Love, Debra

Debra said...

Cora, Oops! It wasn't 1990, it was 1995! I guess they tinkered with what little brain I had, because I've never been the same since!!Love, Debra

Peggy said...

Cora...I've been praying and I'm so glad that the first step in this hard part of your journey is done and you see there was a hero inside there!!!(lol) It is so precious how that sweet hymn was
right there in your mind(or perhaps in the operating room testifying of HIS GLORY in You)!
You deserved to be treated like royalty...afterall You are the daughter of the King! Now we'll pray for this new waiting and results! Praise You, Lord that
Cora's left lung is CLEAR and now we count this all done the same, for you are Cora's Healer & Maker!
We thank You now Lord for complete healing of Cora in Jesus Name! Amen
Here's a new song for you to learn
hhhaawnnnnyyy: HEALER by Mike S. There's a better video but this one has the words for you to sing along. It is so anointed!

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

So glad it's over for you Cora, and how wonderful that you has a team there that treated you with kind hands and words.


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

So glad it's over for you Cora, and how wonderful that you has a team there that treated you with kind hands and words.


Dani said...

I am so glad God is in control....what would we do without Him? Keep on praying, everyone!

Wendy said...

Cora, Thank God for a clear lung and that this part is over. And I thank Him for giving you such PEACE! Your faith is just amazing! God Bless You!~Wendy

Pam said...

Indeed, Cora, God is good.
I'm so thankful for the news that your lung is clear.
And I'm happy for you that this step is over. You are amazing.
I'm keeping you in my prayers each day.

nancy huggins said...

I will sleep a little better tonight Cora knowing that much is over with. Thank you for posting the info in your blog. I will just keep on praying for you.
I bet even Buster is praying for you in his own little Dog way.

Judy's Vintage Collections said...

Cora, I am so glad you got this behind you and now to begin the road to recovery...
Praise the Lord! that your lung was clear!
I am up late and need to get to bed but I wanted to let you know you are in my heart to pray for you...
I know there was lots of prayers going up for you today...I did request prayers for you at the church I go to and we prayed for you Sunday!
from the heart of Texas!
be safe in Jesus!
Lots of love and Hugs!

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Cora my thoughts and prayers are still with you. Good news about the xray! Your prayers are starting to be answered.


pinetrees on the moor said...

Cora,I'am glad you have came through this and still have your sense of humour,sometimes you have to look around you and look for things that make you smile.I keep you in my prayers.~blessings to you and your family~Kate

Juri said...

Cor, what can I say that I have not said during our hours together? I love you, I am praying for you, and I will be with you as you "do the next thing".


Blondie ~ Vintage Primitives said...

arms around you, standing firmly, loving you each and every minute.
I am sending you an email but read Habbukuk 3:17-19

Toby Parsons said...

YES, He is SO good! :) I'm so thankful Cora that you are through with that leg of the journey.

I LOVE your picture, I laughed so hard!!! I have 'always' hated the restricting things too! I have always said, if I lived in a culture where it was acceptable to not wear a bra, I would be the first to oblige!

I love the old hymns too.

You are 'so' sweet Cora!

Much love and many prayers!

Joyfulsister said...

HI Cora, Thanks for the update, I'm glad to hear everything went well, I love your attitude!!! What a beautiful song. Continues prayers my sister and you're right.. in spirit we were all there with you in the room.
This is a scripture the Lord has put upon my heart to encourage you with today..

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.
Psalm 28:7

This Country Girl said...


I'm so glad this part is behind you! I love the hymn appropriate...I've always loved that hymn! I'm glad you had such caring people taking care of you too!

PTL the lung looked good!

I'm still praying here, Cora!


Primgal55 - Linda said...

One step, one day at a time! And I will be checking on you frequently now that my computer is back up and running.
hugs and prayers,